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NCJ Number: 228355 Find in a Library
Title: Statewide Study of Stalking and Its Criminal Justice Response: Executive Summary
Author(s): Andrew Klein Ph.D.; Amy Salomon Ph.D.; Nick Huntington M.A.; Janice Dubois M.A.; Denise Lang
Corporate Author: Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: May 2009
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
Sudbury, MA 01776
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2007-WG-BX-0003
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Report (Summary)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This executive summary of a report on an analysis of the crime of stalking of females by their intimate partners in Rhode Island focuses on whether police fully identified stalking cases among reported domestic-violence cases, whether stalking cases differed from general domestic-violence cases reported to police, and whether it made any difference in case outcomes if police identified domestic-violence cases as involving the crime of stalking.
Abstract: The study found that when police identified stalking in a domestic-violence case, the offender was more likely to be arrested and prosecuted compared to domestic-violence cases in which stalking was present but not identified by police. In addition, stalkers of intimate partners without prior criminal histories who were identified by police in reported domestic-violence cases were significantly less likely to be charged with new domestic violence up to 6 years after police intervention; however, the criminal justice response to stalking was compromised by the under-identification of stalkers by police, compounded by prosecutors’ charge reduction and case dismissals when police did make stalking arrests. Police, prosecutors, and judges have tended to view intimate stalkers as less dangerous than stranger stalkers or abusers arrested for physical assaults. This view was contradicted by the study's finding that victims of domestic abuse who were stalked by their former partners were more likely to report threats as well as prior assaults. This should encourage police to focus on determining whether the crime of stalking is involved in a reported domestic-violence case. The study, which was conducted during 2007-2008, used a mixed-methods design. The quantitative component compared all stalking incidents identified by Rhode Island State police between 2001 and 2005 with a sample of reported domestic-violence cases over the same years that involved stalking, but did not involve stalking charges being brought by police. 4 exhibits and 4 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Anti-stalking laws; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; NIJ final report; Police discretion; Police domestic violence training; Rhode Island; Stalkers; Stalking
Note: For the full report, see NCJ-228354.
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